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BT joins TalkTalk and Sky in introducing filtering by default following pressure from the PM

Court setback for catholic child welfare society

A Catholic child welfare society which may face a multi-million damages claim over abuse at a school failed today to offload some of the liability.

'At risk' children and elderly set to suffer as town hall cuts bite

Child protection and care for the elderly will be threatened by the savage squeeze on town hall funding, council chiefs warned yesterday.

Child protection centre row grows as more staff resign

The row over the Government's plan to merge the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) within a new National Crime Agency escalated yesterday, amid several more resignations andrecriminations.

Online child protection chief quits in protest at merger proposals

The head of Britain's online child protection agency has quit over government plans which would curtail the body's independence.

Rise in children in care since Baby P

The number of children in care has dramatically risen following the death of Baby Peter, official statistics showed yesterday.

Girl 'killed man in sex attack claim'

A teenage girl killed a "dirty paedophile" who she said had abused her, the Old Bailey heard.

Sara Payne hails rollout of protection scheme

The mother of schoolgirl Sarah Payne today applauded the introduction of a scheme that seeks to protect children from paedophiles in the county where her daughter was killed 10 years ago.

Baby P's mother denied inquest representation funding

Baby P's mother and her boyfriend have been denied public funding to be represented at any resumed inquest into the child's death, it was revealed today.

Third of councils ‘neglect child protection’

Children are at risk because local authorities are failing to safeguard them from sexual abuse, experts will warn this week.

Church's Child Protection Advisory Service

In yesterday's article, ' Catholic Britain rejoices,but abuse overshadows first state visit by Pope' (15 September 2010), we wrongly stated that the Church's Child Protection Advisory Service met survivor groups for abuse victims. In fact it was the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service which held these meetings and not the Church's Child Protection Advisory Service which is an independent organisation. We apologise for the error.

Girl, 14, sets off on belated solo round-the-world voyage

A 14-year-old Dutch sailor departed in secrecy from Portugal on Saturday on her quest to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, avoiding the media because her manager said she didn't want the attention.

Migrant limits hit child protection department

Vulnerable children could be left at risk because new Government migrant limits have made it even more difficult to fill social worker vacancies, it was claimed today.

Leading article: Blue language

What do "delivery", "safeguarding", "integrated working", "targeted services" and "ECM" have in common – aside from their leaden effect on the ear? They are among the expressions that the Education Secretary wants to ban from his department. And an excellent ambition it is, too. If Michael Gove has a bit of a blind spot where numbers are concerned – his attempts to slash the school buildings programme showed an imperfect command of the arithmetic – he seems admirably at home with words.

Leading article: Social workers need support

The shocking death of Khyra Ishaq, who starved after months of abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather, has drawn attention once again to the failings of child protection services. Publication this week of the full serious case review into Khyra's death has revealed for the first time the extent of the communications failures and missed opportunities that contributed to the death of seven-year-old Khyra.

Teenager cleared to make solo trip around the world

A Dutch court cleared the way yesterday for the teenager Laura Dekker to try to become the youngest person to sail round the world solo, ending state supervision of the 14-year-old.

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